Review: Mark Morris Dance Group’s fabulous “Dido and Aeneas”

Mark Morris’ danced opera “Dido and Aeneas” is a tour de force of late 20th century artistic storytelling, using Henry Purcell’s 1689 musical composition, which is a partial retelling of Virgil’s “Aeneid. It is a riveting assemblage, one that smashes and rewrites stylistic boundaries. The hour-long piece—it’s done far too soon—had only its second local …

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Review: BodyTraffic at the Broad Stage

Is there a more fabulous pairing on the LA dance scene than whip-smart, oversized Andrew Wojtal  and the physically omniscient Guzmán Rosado in Richard Siegal’s “The New 45”? Naw, I doubt it. Not quite a couple, but something closer to buddy-movie material, Wojtal and Rosado slip in and out of one another’s orbit, wiggling body …

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Review: New repertory from Barak Ballet

I think Melissa Barak is one of our most talented and skillful ballet choreographers, one of the increasingly rare dance-makers who still believes in classical dance as a medium of artistry.    I also find that the qualities that attract me to her work—its orderliness, romance, effortless flow, and her insightful use of the ballet …

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Home Grown @ Bootleg: A Leg up for Los Angeles Dance

A pilot program with exciting potential to promote local dance by giving companies more performing opportunities--which is what Los Angeles dancers say need and want--debuts in February. It is called Home Grown @ Bootleg and the first weekend of concerts will feature Antics, which under the direction of Amy “Catfox” Campion combines street dance with …

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Commentary: “Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host”

The first thing you'll want to know, naturally, is if Ira Glass--the radio host of the title--can dance. As a matter of fact, he moves very nicely, thank you very much. He's tall and slim, has very good rhythm, and an unselfconsciousness about his body that makes him engaging just to watch, even when he's …

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Reviews: Batsheva Dance Co. & LA Dance Project

There is much to love, and some to hate about Ohad Naharin's "Sadeh21," a remarkable and stunning piece created several years ago. Naharin's Batsheva Dance Company gave it its U.S. premiere Saturday (Nov. 1) at UCLA's Royce Hall. Despite these opposing forces, "Sadeh21" is unforgettable. Give thanks for that to the astounding physicality and emotional …

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This Week: Laguna Dance Festival

Laguna Dance Festival returns this week and artistic director Jodie Gates is presenting two popular contemporary dance companies: Parsons Dance and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. The former was founded by David Parsons in 1985 as an outlet devoted (mostly) to his highly athletic and accessible modern dance works. His most famous piece, "Caught," a solo in …

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